Inna Scribbles

Empty Nest (New York Recap- all meals 05/16/09 and 05/17/09)
May 17, 2009, 5:49 pm
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After a grueling five hour bus ride that made my butt hurt from sitting on it for so long, I am finally back in Boston. And not so happy about it. I came home to an empty nest- not having Ryan here to greet me was pretty depressing. I know I am being a big whiner, but I really miss him.

On a happier note, New York was awesome. I got two hang out with two of my best friends (one will be my maid of honor and the other one of my bridesmaids). I cannot possibly explain here how much fun I have with these girls and how grateful I am to have them in my life. Together we walked the Brooklyn Bridge, went to the theatre, meandered around East and West villages, boogied at Bulgarian bar, listened to some amazing jazz in Harlem, and talked about my wedding! The main decision to be made this weekend was wedding colors. I found plenty of inspiration around New York to work off of:


That coral with the yellow is gorgeous, isn’t it? And check out what an amazing color palate mangoes provide:


I would love to work with both of these color schemes, but unfortunately any shade of red or pink clashes with my hair like crazy. So we talked about other options, like lavender and cream or maybe a purple/green (with chocolate brown?) color scheme. What do you guys think? It’s a summer wedding- the ceremony will be outside and the reception inside. I want the colors to be fun and summary but also elegant and they need to go well with me (check out my about me page if you need to know what that means- I have red hair and pale skin and rosy cheeks to red and pinks are OUT). Any suggestions? Please?

Ok, enough about the wedding. Onto the food. I woke up Saturday knowing exactly what I wanted for breakfast- cottage cheese and cantaloupe. Luckily my friend hooked me up, and then some. I added a piece of whole wheat double fiber toast to round the meal out.


I had a peach a few hours later:


Lunch was bought at the Hummus Place, a restaurant run completely by Israelis which made for some damn good hummus. On the left is a side of eggplant, on the right warm hummus with sauteed garlicky mushrooms which was insanely delicious. I also got a very fresh and fluffy whole wheat pita with the meal (not pictured). If you’re in New York and want some good hummus, go here!


Dinner was very late and I’m sorry to say I have no picture of it. We were out and about and my camera was at home because I knew we were going out dancing and I didn’t want to lose it. It wasn’t very exciting- 1 (big) slice of not very good pizza with arugula, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Sounds delicious. Tasted mediocre.

After a night out, we slept in veryyyyyy late and woke up to make a delicious brunch: cottage cheese, 1 slice of whole wheat double fiber toast, and an egg over easy.


I finished brunch off with a cup of tea and a piece of calcium/ vitamin D dark chocolate (basically just like an Adora disk).


Then I spent almost 8 hours on subways and buses getting home, and came home ready to chew my arm off. I decided a turkey sandwich would be more delicious and made that instead. Toasted whole wheat sandwich thin, TJ’s eggplant garlic spread, spring lettuce mix, and turkey.


And a perfectly delicious grapefruit:


And now I’m off to shower, unpack, make tomorrow’s lunch, and think up other stuff to do so I can avoid getting into that empty bed for as long as possible. Thanks for reading guys.


Feelin Good (all meals 05/13/09)
May 13, 2009, 6:04 pm
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I am feeling so energized and invigorated right now- not a state Im usually in at 10 pm! The weird thing is that I was actually super productive today and got so much shit done, but instead of it tiring me out it’s only motivating me to get more shit done. Funny how that works, no? It’s actually the same way with weight loss for me- when I see progress I am extra careful about making healthy choices and exercising a lot rather than cutting myself some slack because I am motivated to see even more progress! Anyway, I was a busy bee at work today, breaking only to go to spin class and do some strength training on my arms. After work I went to a store near my house where we get all our kitchen stuff to buy a few more glasses (Ryan breaks them a lot) and empty spice jars. When I got home I got right to researching wedding coordinators, putting out calls, getting quotes, etc- I think I have narrowed it down to 2 I really like! After that task was checked off, I started calling all of our credit card companies and our bank to let them know we are moving. Then I made dinner and watched the America’s next top model finale (very important!) before getting right back to work researching more wedding stuff and starting to pack for NY. Speaking of which- I am going to NY! Not sure when yet, but it’s going to be either Thursday night or Friday after work. I doubt I’ll be posting this weekend, but expect a recap when I get back!

Whew, that was long. Sorry. On to food so I can go get more stuff done!

Breakfast was a repeat. Story of my life- I hot snooze too many time and wake up 5 minutes before I have to bolt out the door. So a yogurt it was. At least this time I also grabbed a plum.


Lunch was delicious, thanks to Amy’s. I had a roasted veggie tamale that tasted awesome, and boasted some pretty great nutritional stats too! 9 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, just under 300 calories (280 to be exact).


And an apple:


For dinner I made myself a roasted veggie and hummus filled pita. OMG I cannot get enough of these things. Trader Joe’s 100% whole wheat pita, sabra hummus, roasted mushrooms, bell pepper, and onion. Aka a partay in my mouth.


Alright guys, I’m off to go finish packing in case I do leave tomorrow. Night, and thanks for reading!

Passing the Time (all melas 05/11/09 and 05/12/09)
May 12, 2009, 7:11 pm
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Hey all! Sorry my posting’s been a bit sporadic- I am trying to fill up every minute of my spare time with fun stuff to do while Ryan’s gone so I don’t think about how much I miss him. It’s not working very well. I miss him so much, and it’s only been 3 days since he’s left. I know it’s pathetic and I’m a big whiner but at least I gave you guys a fair warning this would happen, right?

Anyway, I had an absolutely lovely day with Alisa yesterday. We slept in late, really late, and then bummed around for a looooong time. So there was no breakfast. But there was a delicious lunch. Alisa wanted an egg salad sandwich and I wanted tuna salad but in the end we ended up trading half of each of our sandwiches with each other- it was the perfect way to get a taste of everything and leave my mouth perfectly satisfied. Lunch: 1/2 an arnold’s whole wheat sandwich thin with egg salad, half with tuna salad- both made using a dollop of light mayo.


On the side we had a lovely salad of mixed greens, tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber dressed in a little EVOO, balsamic, and s&p.


I was STUFFED but somehow not too long after I managed to find room for some perfectly firm and sweet red grapes. These really put me over the edge in terms of fullness.


After we were done being bums we walked. Quite a bit actually- 8 miles in total but it was broken up. We walked the 4 miles from Porter Square to the Newbury street area where we meandered around and enjoyed the sunshine. A little more shopping was done if truth be told. Eventually we felt a little munchy so we settled in for some wine and appetizers. I can’t remember the name of the wine I ordered but it was asauvignon blanc from Australia and it was SO FREAKING GOOD. I wish I could remember what it was called! Alisa got a peach Sangria which was also super tasty. And to fully indulge, we shared a cheese plate that was pure deliciousness:


My wine on the right, her sangria on the left, and our cheese, almond, and apricot plate front and center. It came with a bread basket (not pictured).  About halfway through eating this Alisa asked me if I realized I was making “mmmmmmm” noises every time I took a bite of something and I honestly truly didn’t realize I was doing it. That’s how good this was. A truely wonderful indulgence that was worth every second of “mmmmming.” Me enjoying my wine and looking slightly sleepy:


And Alisa being a big cutie:


Us being goofy with some cheese bites:


We hit up a bowling alley before walking back home. We actually didn’t end up having dinner yesterday since we had the wine and cheese plate kinda late and were both still stuffed at 11 pm. Or I guess that was dinner? Whatever it was, it was good.

For whatever reason though, I could NOT fall asleep last night, Now I usually don’t have trouble with this. In fact, I am a tremendously talented and fabulous sleeper (if I do say so myself). But something weird was up (maybe I just wanted Ryan in bed with me? There goes that whining again….) and I could not get to sleep. I finally dozed off around 6:30 am so it’s no wonder getting up was impossible. I snoozed to the very last minute, grabbed a yogurt to eat at the office, and ran out the door. So that, my friends, was breakfast:


Alisa met up with me for lunch before catching her bus to NY. We went to…Subway! Ok but really, it’s one of the only healthy-ish options in a food court wich was all we had time for. I got the usual- turkey on honey oat with TONS of veggies and vinegar. Yum!


And a not so great orange for dessert:


We said our goodbyes and I went back to work. Around 4 pm my boss buzzed me and asked me to come into her office. I was terrified- I had no idea what I’d done wrong. I walked down the hall, heart pounding, only to find my coworkers standing around a table in our conference room yelling “surprise!” They had planned a surprise engagement party for me, and had bought cheesecake and champagne to celebrate. How freaking amazingly nice is that?


I can’t tell you how happy this made me. It was so nice to be able to celebrate something I am so excited about. Of course I had to have a slice, and enjoyed some bubble with it as well:


And there went my dinner appetite. Again, it’s 11 pm and I’m not hungry at all. Oh well. Cake for dinner? Yes please! I’ll try to make tomorrow a little more nutritious…Night everyone! Thanks for reading!

Too Much Fun (all meals 05/10/09)
May 10, 2009, 8:53 pm
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Hey all! Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday- I’m having way too much fun with my maid of honor and best friend Alisa who is in town from CA for a bit. I am so thankful to have her with me now, and so sad to think of her leaving soon. We spent the 6 hours today shopping, 2 of which were spent at…Target. I have never had as much fun in Target as I did today. Anyway, I managed to get my act together and take pictures of my eats today, so without further ado…

I had a HUGEEEEE yogurt bowl for breakfast. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to throw in there, and I just stocked up on fresh produce, so I loaded up. The bowl had nonfat plain yogurt, 1/2 banana, strawberries, grapes, and a handful of Barbara’s shredded oats cereal:


And the yummyness all mixed up:


There wasn’t really a real lunch today since we were at the outlets and shopping trumps eating 🙂 I grabbed a plum and a south beach living fiber fit bar from my purse when I got hungry. The orange was consumed a couple of hours later:


We were too hungry (ok, I was too hungry) to make it home and cook dinner (the drive back alone is about an hour) so we headed over to Panera. I got a turkey sandwich on a whole wheat baguette that got accidentally healthified because the lady making it forgot to put on the mayo and cheese included in the description of it. I guess I should thank her? It was delicious anyway.


I’m off to enjoy more of Alisa’s company. Night!

Early Post (breakfast and lunch 05/08/09)
May 8, 2009, 1:07 pm
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Hello ladies and possibly gents. I actually have no idea if any guys read my blog because my only comments (except those of Ryan) have been from ladies…. Anyway I decided to do an early post today as I’m back from prison a little early and we have a while until we’re set to meet our friends for a dinner out. I don’t think I’m going to want to post later tonight seeing as it’s my last night with Ryan before he goes off to CA for 10 weeks starting tomorrow 😦 That’s really gonna suck. I mean we’re going to make a few trips out here and there to visit one another for the weekend, but still…I know we can handle it– we did 4 years of long distance (both across the country when he was in CA and across the Atlantic when I was in Scotland) before finally settling down in the same city– but it’s going to suck regardless. So be warned- you’ll be hearing me whine about how much I miss him for the next 2.5 months.

Ok, on to food because Ryan will be home soon and I want to be done posting by the time he’s back. For breakfast I wanted to have whole wheat sandwich thins with light laughing cow cheese and lox. Unfortunately I only had enough lox to cover 1/2 a thin…But I ate it anyway 🙂


While driving back from prison I had a plum and an apple:


And lunch today was the most delicious thing EVER. I stuffed leftover garlicky roast veggies from last night into a whole wheat pita with some hummus. I can’t even begin to describe the deliciousness that this was. It kind of reminds me of a clam in this pic:


Hope you guys have a good start to the weekend!

The Ring (all meals 05/07/09)
May 7, 2009, 4:54 pm
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Hey all! I just realized I never posted pics of the ring! I don’t think photos can do it justice, but to give those who are interested an idea here’s my engagement ring:

I’m trying to take things a little easier and de-stress. I do have a while to plan the wedding, a while to get into the kind of shape I want to get into, a while to get everything to work out the way I want it to (ok that never happens but as close as possible…). And Elina’s comment on my last post helped me feel a lot better (thanks Elina!)- I just need to accept that fact that this is a crazy week and I can’t get to the gym until Monday and if I do that I won’t stress about not being able to go because there’s already an expectation I can’t make it. Then Monday I’m going to start kicking some hardcore gym butt 🙂

I started the day off right today with some oatmeal. I’m really starting to come around to liking it! And I can see why others like it so much because aside from the good taste this stuff has awesome staying power! I ate around 8:00 am and wasn’t hungry for lunch until 1:30 pm! In my bowl is 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1 veryyyyyyy ripe banana, 3 strawberries, and a scoop of crunchy barney butter.


For lunch I had a pulled chicken salad with leftover pulled chicken from a few nights ago. The base was spring lettuce mix and on top of that went cherry tomatoes, a sauteed mixture of corn, edamame, and mushrooms, and then some spicy bbq pulled chicken to top it all of. There was so much flavor no dressing was necessary. I ate maybe 2/3 of this?


Plus and orange for dessert:


I was hungry when I got home from work but Ryan was nowhere near ready for dinner so I had some organic black bean tortilla chips with some salsa to tide me over:


I had a sort of light-ish dinner given my afternoon snack…Garlicky roast veggies (eggplant, bell pepper, red onion) and a whole wheat arnold’s sandwich thin spread with a little ketchup and then reduced fat provolone cheese melted on top. This was my very sad attempt at a kinda of pizza-y replica. It actually tasted pretty good, even though it sounds gross.



I have an early day tomorrow with the prison visit and all so I’m off to watch Grey’s Anatomy and then crash. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in some downtime in the afternoon because in the evening we’re going out to dinner with some friends who also just got engaged. Hope I have the energy to post when we get back! Night!

Overwhelmed (all meals 05/06/09)
May 6, 2009, 5:59 pm
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Hello all! I am really glad to be able to say that we are officially more than halfway through the week.  These past few days have been really exciting with the engagement and post engagement high (which still hasn’t fully worn off), but they’ve also been a bit overwhelming and I am starting to get a little stressed. I know I have a good long while to plan everything since we want to get married July of 2010 but holy crap there is a LOT to do to get ready for a wedding! And what’s even more stressful is that i don’t even know the half of it yet! Rather than stress, though, I’m going to try to channel the energy I have into something productive and actually start planning slowly, piece by piece. As long as I’m getting even the tiniest little something accomplished every day, I think I’ll start feeling a lot better. Today, I discussed the budget with my parents (who are being incredibly generous and funding the vast majority of the event) and started browsing different types of wedding dresses online. For those of you who are married/ engaged- what resources did you use/are you using? I know of and but that’s about all. Were there any websites you found particularly helpful in getting started? Ps- Sorry if you’re bored by the wedding talk but I gotta say I’m pretty excited about the whole thing and it’s going to be a huge part of my life this coming year so you’ll probably be seeing me write a ton about it. Obviously feel free to skip on over it if you’re not interested.

Another thing that’s been stressful this week is the lack of gym time. I went last wed, thur, fri, and sat and then took sunday off. I went again monday but wasn’t able to go tue (court hearing), today (office lunch event), and probably can’t go thur or fri (court hearing thur, prison visit friday) or this weekend (my best friend and maid of honor is flying in from CA). I guess it’s only a week but still it just makes me feel shitty. I want so badly to exercise and I just haven’t had the time- I swear I’m not even being lazy about going because at this point I’m seriously craving some hardcore exercise. And I’m more motivated than ever because I won’t lie- I want to feel beautiful on my wedding day. This is one day where I REALLY don’t want to be wondering if I look fat in my dress, you know? I just want to look and most importantly feel good, and not being able to go to the gym this week is stressing me out about that. And I know that’s silly because it’s only a week but that’s just how I feel now…

Anyway, enough bitching and moaning about feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and fat. On to a much happier topic- food!

I woke up not hungry at all this morning. Weird after a pretty light dinner last night…Anyway I decided to listen to my body and have a light-ish breakfast and then just have a morning snack if I got hungry before lunch…Breakfast was 1/2 of a whole wheat sandwich thin spread with crunchy Barney Butter goodness and some strawberries:


Not surprisingly, I got hungry about 3 hours later. I didn’t want to eat too much though, because our office was going out for lunch is about an hour. So I had a plum to tide me over:


I’m sorry to say I have no pictures of lunch today. Our office went out to Ivy Restaurant to say goodbye to a coworker that was retiring = I had no office to run into to take photos of my food. I ordered the house salad with grilled chicken, no cheese, dressing on the side. It was just ok. It was also pretty small and I was still hungry after finishing all of it. Lots of people felt the same way after their meal and ended up ordering a second dish but instead I split dessert (tiramisu) with a coworker. It was also just ok to be honest.

For dinner I whipped up a burrito bowl- romaine lettuce, lean ground turkey, black beans, corn, sauteed bell pepper, guacamole, and salsa. I had it with some organic black bean tortilla chips on the side. Total nummers:


Oh, and when I sent Ryan to the store to buy rommaine lettuce the evil boy came back to the house having bought sour patch kids. Which I love and have a hard time resisting. Bastard. Of course I had a few for dessert (ps- this is a staged photo- I totally picked out the red and orange ones as they’re my favorite):


And that’s all for tonight folks. Hope you had a delicious Wednesday. Goodnight!